CARE

Home Society is a not-for-profit Canadian charity offering care, access, support and education to people who are aging and who wish to remain living in their own home.

ACCESS

Home Society is a not-for-profit Canadian charity offering care, access, support and education to people who are aging and who wish to remain living in their own home.

SUPPORT

Home Society is a not-for-profit Canadian charity offering care, access, support and education to people who are aging and who wish to remain living in their own home.

EDUCATION

Home Society is a not-for-profit Canadian charity offering care, access, support and education to people who are aging and who wish to remain living in their own home.

About The Home Society

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Our Mission
To support those who are experiencing conditions attributable to being aged and by providing accommodation, personal care assistance and geriatric education in accordance with our trademarked care principle. Our beneficiaries are assured of freedom of choice, respect, privacy and as much independence, assistance and stimulation we can give.
Our Vision
To provide as much support, services and education to those who are experiencing conditions attributable to being aged for a better quality of life.

Our Core Values

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Superior Standard
– as an organization, we are committed to providing the highest quality of support and services to our beneficiaries and our employees.
Integrity
– we believe in honesty and fairness and endeavour to create such an environment for both beneficiaries and employees.
Leadership
– we strive to be a leader in our field and to set the bar high on expectations.
Value
– we provide supports and services to our beneficiaries at an affordable level and on a not-for-profit basis.
Experience
– our organization has been assisting older adults with accommodation and supports for over sixty years.
Reliability
– consistency, trust and dependability are central to what we do and the services we provide.

Silver Services is a division of the Home Society that provides online programming and in-home services to support older adults. Our goal is to maintain and improve the quality of life for all of our beneficiaries.  Our online programming offers a variety of exercise classes for all fitness levels, rehabilitation classes, fall prevention class, interactive series which includes painting, cooking, arts and crafts, entertainment from magicians to musicians and much more. Our in-home services provide assistance in a number of areas from transportation to help with daily tasks to personal care. Visit the Silver Services website for more information. 

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” 
C.S. Lewis.

Special Projects

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Education/Training

“I am still learning.”

Education and training for Personal Support Workers is vital to the future health of our industry and our beneficiaries. We are in the early planning stages of developing comprehensive education programs and training materials which will allow PSWs to provide better and more informed care to our aging senior population. 

Today, Home Society is advocating for Senior Care. We are partnering with the Rotman School of Management, the business school of the University of Toronto, to develop and create a report on governance within Ontario’s long-term care industry.

Charitable Works

2020-2021 – Home Society assisted St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation and Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation in purchasing equipment and delivering services to vulnerable seniors during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

2020-2021 – When the pandemic shut down places of worship, the Home Society decided to donate their resources by renovating the out-dated and inaccessible Chapel located inside the retirement community of St. Elizabeth Village.  After six months of renovation that involved building new accessible washrooms, accessible walkways, new non-slip flooring, new brighter lighting, new architectural features and accessible seating, new roof and eavestroughs with a cost of just under three-quarters of a million dollars, the Home Society was proud to donate the chapel back to the Village and renamed it the Sister Elisabeth Memorial Chapel (in honour of the founder.) In January 2021, the Home Society along with the owners of the Village, Zest Communities held a ribbon cutting ceremony to reopen the chapel to the public.  SISTER ELISABETH MEMORIAL CHAPEL (ST. ELIZABETH VILLAGE) – YouTube

2019 – Home Society donated over $1 million to local charities that helped and supported the elderly in Hamilton and Toronto.

Home Society is building a brighter future for people who wish to age in place. One of our upcoming initiatives is the Home Society Channel, an online resource where seniors and their family members can access a variety of helpful news, information, and entertainment programming from the comfort of their own home. Coming in 2022

This includes:

  • Seniors-focused Podcasts
  • Discussions about Aging in Place
  • Entertainment Programming
  • Interviews with Seniors and Caregivers
  • Educational Resources
  • Tips for Living Your Best Life

Coming Soon

Home Society is gearing up to provide Eldergarden, a slate of adult day programs during weekday hours, for seniors who live alone. Often frail or elderly, our slate of activities will be designed to fortify engagement, bring positive energy and reinforce physical health for our beneficiaries. This may include music, art, gardening, cooking, daily chair exercise and community outings. 

More information to come in the Spring of 2022.

“A life of faith in service to the elderly.”

Our History

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St. Elizabeth Home Society was founded in 1959 by Sister Elisabeth Manhertz, SJC (1918-2010), with the purpose of emulating, as closely as possible, the work of Saint Elizabeth in aid of the elderly and infirm.

In the early 1960’s, with the assistance of many community supporters, a downtown nursing home was established and operated in Hamilton, Ontario. In the 1980’s, our mission continued with the establishment of the St. Elizabeth Village, a gated, 65+, lifeleasing community (the first of its kind in Canada) on Hamilton mountain.

After operating the Village for over 30 years, the St. Elizabeth Home Society sold the St. Elizabeth Village to Novacare Retirement Communities Association, a non-profit company in 2014. Novacare continues to establish affordable housing for an active senior community while improving its infrastructure, services and amenities.

In the 1990’s, another community for seniors was established, this time in Pilisvorosvar, Hungary, the hometown of Sister Elisabeth. The Szent Erzsebet Otthon (translated to the Saint Elizabeth Home) was a smaller version of the St. Elizabeth Village, maintaining the continuum of care established in Canada.

Our Manhertz-Principle is a trademarked proprietary multi-level diversified care system. It provides for the care of the elderly, according to their health condition, and is based upon Sister Elisabeth Manhertz’s principle of continuum of care with physical and mental support provisions. Today’s Home Society works in the spirit of our history, by offering services and support for seniors so they can live their best life in their own homes.